Welcome to Johnson Books & Media

My name is Caren Johnson Estesen and I am a former New York literary agent who launched the career of hundreds of authors. I retired from agenting so that I could focus on working one-on-one with authors who are passionate about developing their writing ability.

My company has sold books to every major publishing house, including: Hachette, Random House, Penguin, Harlequin, HarperCollins, Wiley and books that my company sold have been translated into multiple languages. I know first-hand what literary agents are looking for, how to get their attention and what you need to do to make them chase after you instead of you chasing after them. The first thing to do is get your manuscript right.

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What We Do

Project Management for Indie Authors

Most authors have trouble with the business side of book publishing: writing an alluring description, a great bio and entering the meta-data that online stores need to put their books in the right place to be seen by their audiences. All this can cost a writer sales–if a reader can’t find the book, they can’t buy it. We’re taking over the business side of things. We’re making sure the book is findable and purchasable, no matter how your audience wants to read it.

We provide two levels of service for authors. The first is for all the creative types. You take care of formatting the book and designing the cover. We’ll take care of the technical steps that go into producing a book that your audience can find.

Don’t want to do much more than write a great book? The second service is for you. We provide the creative direction for the cover, format the manuscript, and tackle the technical steps that go into producing a book that your audience can find.

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JBM Options

Writing Coaching for Authors

In my exclusive coaching program, I hold your hand and guide your writing career step-by-step.  I provide customized feedback on your manuscript as you write it and/or revise it.

Feedback includes:

  • identifying plot pitfalls
  • helping you develop well-rounded heroes and villains
  • keeping your story pace consistent and exciting
  • building an exciting world for your readers
  • developing sustainable writing goals
I will also show you how to use your expertise in your field to add depth to your story. That means all you doctors, lawyers, and entrepreneurs can use what you know to make your story stand out. But you don’t have to work in a field to write about it. I will also show you how to research and use that research in your writing. This program is application only.

To apply, you can contact me here. Please include the following in your message:

  • The working title for your book
  • Your name and pseudonym (if you’re using one)
  • Where you are in the writing process (currently writing, first draft, revising, already submitted)
  • 10-15 pages of your novel
 Once I receive and review, I’ll set up a time for us to chat and we can plan next steps with your novel.

I cannot accept everyone, so please apply as soon as you’re ready to begin working. Starter packages begin as low as $275/month. What you get: Feedback on 50-150 manuscript pages per month, one 40-minute phone call every month to discuss what works and what needs work, and a weekly check-in email.



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